Category Archives: Views From The Fence

Headaches and Heartaches at Sochi 2014 Olympics

This is by far the most costly Olympics ever – about fifty billion dollars! The preparation started seven years ago. At the time of the opening, there were hotel rooms that were not completed, unclean water was coming out of some faucets and guests who reserved rooms a long time ago found their accommodations occupied… Read More »

Views from the Fence

Fire!!! And Ice!!! It was scary! It seemed unreal. The sky was lit by the gigantic flames. In four hours, that demonic inferno consumed a senior’s home, the residence of 52 vulnerable people in the sunset of their lives, mostly in their eighties and nineties, majority of whom had limited mobility. It was a home… Read More »

Tales from the Ice Storm

There were signals that this is going to be a bad winter. Remember the plunging temperature and snow storm in November? But what do we expect? This is Canada. As a friend of mine from Quebec said. “This is nothing. This is winter in this part of the world.” In early December temperature in the… Read More »

Goodbye to the Turmoils of 2013-

I am writing by the window to get some light. We have power outage here in Thornhill. IT started at about nine on Saturday and it is already eleven in the morning Sunday and electricity is not back. Is this the last storm of the year? I wonder!. There are nine more days left. I… Read More »

Keeping Christmas Traditions

By late October, before Halloween, hints of Christmas are already in the air and on the windows of shopping malls. The radio and television start the tunes of “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is coming to Town.” By the middle of November the Santa Claus Parade brings thrills and excitement to children and their parents… Read More »

Aftermath of the Storms

On November 8, 2013, a storm of such great force and magnitude that had not hit this earth before landed and wrought havoc and indescribable damage in the fair islands of the Philippines. Thousands of people lost their lives, many of whom lay for days under the debris. The survivors many of whom were children,… Read More »

Worrying about home – away from home….

The Philippines has been in the top news and will stay there for a while due to the recent natural calamity that has befallen this country. It is said that this storm was the strongest ever that had hit the face of the earth – stronger than Katrina which was a Signal No 4 with… Read More »

Filipino in the Canadian Mosaic

Canada and the United States of America have different views of newcomers to each country. Canada has a policy of integration; the United States, of assimilation. An immigrant to Canada is given the privilege of retaining his or her identity, preserve the traditions of the country of origin as well as celebrate them and settle… Read More »

Views from the Fence

Government of the People, for the People and By the People The government of the most powerful country in the world, the United States of America, has closed down! Thousands of Federal employees have been furloughed. Special benefits have stopped, national parks have been closed, and the military for a while did not get their… Read More »

Pride and the Syrian Crisis

For several weeks now, the world has been on the brink of a disaster. The immediate trigger was the attack in Syria using chemical weapons that killed about one thousand adults and more or less 400 children. The published videos of the incident were horrific; children and adults gasping for breath, rows and rows of… Read More »